Flower show to bloom
EVERYTHING IS A GO for the Barbados Horticultural Society’s annual flower show at Balls Plantation later this month.
This has been revealed by coordinator of the January 25-26 show, Jennifer Weetch.
She told the Daily Nation that 35 vendors were slated to pitch their tents on the expansive lawns of the Christ Church property, while members of the Flower Arranging Society, the Bonsai Society, Cactus and Succulent Society and others were expected to showcase their blooms and foliage.
The 1866 mill wall, which holds pride of place on the lawns, will be festooned with California roses as the BHS uses it as the base for its display.
“The response has been very good considering that everybody is supposed to be tightening their belts,” Weetch said. “The vendors are still coming out so we hope the public will come out and support the vendors who have been loyal to us.”
The coordinator also extended a welcome to other mini horticulturalists who might want to display their plants.
Weetch does not expect the drought of last year or the recent rains to affect the blooms and foliage.
“I think things would have been okay. The flower arrangers, they get enough flowers from the local growers and of course some from importers.”
She said members of the BHS already had the Chelsea Flower Show firmly in their sights.
This year’s theme is highlighting Sailors’ Valentines – shell art made by local craftspeople in the 1800s, which were bought by sailors and taken back to England for their girlfriends or wives.
“It’s going to be a challenge as always but we’re on board to do that. We’ve been invited again and we’ve got a 20×20 space which is quite a large space and we’re going,” she enthused.
Once again, the BHS is hoping for gold to improve on last year’s silver gilt.
“Last year we suffered a bit because we were by an entrance and it was very cold. It was the coldest May in 50 years and the wind bothered our flowers because you know our flowers are not accustomed to anything less than 30 (degrees),” Weetch explained.
“So unfortunately by the Monday morning the flowers had gone black and that’s what happens to tropicals – they go black when they’re too cold.”
However, this year the Horticultural Society has been given a booth away from the cold.